\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped\ ˈstript How to pronounce stripped (audio) \ also stript; stripping

Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to remove clothing, covering, or surface matter from
b : to deprive of possessions
c : to divest of honors, privileges, or functions
2a : to remove extraneous or superficial matter from a prose style stripped to the bones
b : to remove furniture, equipment, or accessories from strip a ship for action
3 : to make bare or clear (as by cutting or grazing)
4 : to finish a milking of by pressing the last available milk from the teats strip a cow
5a : to remove cured leaves from the stalks of (tobacco)
b : to remove the midrib from (tobacco leaves)
6 : to tear or damage the thread of (a separable part or fitting)
7 : to separate (components) from a mixture or solution
8 : to press eggs or milt out of (a fish)
9 : to remove (a subcutaneous vein) by means of a surgical instrument

intransitive verb

1a : to take off clothes
b : to perform a striptease



Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a long narrow piece of a material
b : a long narrow area of land or water
2 : airstrip
3 : a commercially developed area especially along a highway

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Other Words from strip


strippable \ ˈstri-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce strippable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for strip

Synonyms: Verb

disrobe, unclothe, undress

Synonyms: Noun

list, ribbon, slip

Antonyms: Verb

dress, gown, robe

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Examples of strip in a Sentence


He stripped himself down to his underwear. The prisoners were stripped naked. She gets paid to dance and strip at the club. They stripped the table and refinished it. They stripped the room when they left. The building had been completely stripped of its original woodwork.


a small strip of cloth the half-mile strip of road
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And, stripped of the hype around self-driving cars and efficient algorithms, Uber looks less like a thoroughbred tech unicorn and more like a Wall Street boiler room Ponzi scheme. Wired, "WIRED Book of the Month: Super Pumped by Mike Isaac," 3 Sep. 2019 When stripped of its flesh, each halibut carcass is roasted, then simmered in water to make the sticky, deeply savory broth. Soleil Ho,, "In fine dining, soup is the ultimate humblebrag," 2 Sep. 2019 But the material publicized so far, while in some cases stripped of context or presented in misleading ways, has proved authentic, and much of it has been professionally harmful to its targets. Jeremy W. Peters,, "Trump allies target journalists over coverage deemed hostile to White House," 25 Aug. 2019 Tow truck driver Michael Venettozzi stripped to his boxers to rescue three people during flooding in Utica, New York. The Christian Science Monitor, "Sunshine on a shakedown culture," 20 Aug. 2019 At La Cañada High School, a renovated band room awaited new acoustic wall panels, while new parking lot surfaces still needed to be striped, according to Sinnette. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "La Cañada Unified students receive warm welcome to 2019-20 school year," 15 Aug. 2019 Quickly stripped of her marathon finishes, Ruiz disappeared from the public eye. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "Marathon cheater Rosie Ruiz was an anti-hero ahead of her time," 9 Aug. 2019 The two men were reportedly found stripped to the waist and dehydrated from the brutal heat. Fox News, "Suspected drug traffickers call police after getting trapped in Belgian shipping container," 1 Aug. 2019 The simplest of the cheeses to make is farmer’s cheese, which is cheesemaking stripped to its barest essentials. Daniel Neman, Twin Cities, "Homemade cheese? No whey!," 31 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With fun prints like red apples and blue sharks, these 100 percent recyclable and compostable lunch bags have an adhesive strip that allows you to seal in sandwiches and other food items to keep them fresh. NBC News, "These lunch and bento boxes for kids make healthy eating even easier," 6 Sep. 2019 But Joker could also be a film for audiences who don't much care about the usual Hollywood comic-strip assembly line. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Joker': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 The rules changes passed after 2016 strip super delegates, the party insiders who can back anyone at the convention, of their votes on the first ballot. Philip Elliott, Time, "Fall Campaign Season Begins With Biden Teetering Atop Democratic Field," 31 Aug. 2019 In that strip artist Bruce Tinsley depicted Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar. Adrian Vore, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Union-Tribune drops ‘Mallard Fillmore ' comic strip," 30 Aug. 2019 The Lane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area near the McKenzie Bridge State Airport, a small public air strip along the McKenzie River Highway about 37 miles west of Sisters., "Plane crash kills 2 near McKenzie River airport in Lane County," 28 Aug. 2019 Squeeze 1-inch thick strip orange peel over the glass, then drop it in. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Classic Old Fashioned," 20 Aug. 2019 Take any instrument with a straight line — a brow pencil, a real pencil — and run it from the outer corner of your nostril up to your eye strip. Amy Kaufman,, "How to get perfect eyebrows: Hollywood’s go-to guru Kristie Streicher offers arch advice," 22 Aug. 2019 The incident occurred in the 500 block of H Street NE, a busy commercial strip along the D.C. Streetcar line. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Legal gun owner fears robbery, shoots person at bus stop, D.C. police say," 21 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of strip


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for strip


Middle English strepen, strippen, from Old English -strīepan; akin to Old High German stroufen to strip


probably alteration of stripe entry 3

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English Language Learners Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to remove your clothing
: to take the clothes off (someone)
: to remove your clothing in a sexually exciting way while someone is watching



English Language Learners Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long, narrow piece of something
: a long, narrow piece of land
US : a road that has a lot of shops, restaurants, etc., along it


\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped; stripping

Kids Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to remove clothes : undress
2 : to remove a covering or surface layer from I'm stripping furniture for refinishing.
3 : to make bare or clear They passed miles of naked grapevines, stripped of their harvest …— Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising
4 : to take away all duties, honors, or special rights The soldiers were stripped of their rank.
5 : to remove all the contents (as equipment or accessories) from Thieves stripped the car.
6 : to tear or damage the thread of (as a screw or bolt)



Kids Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long narrow piece or area strips of bacon a strip of land
\ ˈstrip How to pronounce strip (audio) \
stripped\ ˈstript How to pronounce stripped (audio) \; stripping

Medical Definition of strip

: to remove (a vein) by means of a stripper stripping a varicose saphenous vein

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stripped; stripping

Legal Definition of strip

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to divide (a debt security) into separately traded securities entitling the owner usually to either principal or interest alone from the obligation



Legal Definition of strip (Entry 2 of 3)

: a security traded separately from another after stripping specifically : a derivative mortgage-backed security created by the segregation of cash flow from the underlying mortgages or other mortgage-backed securities and entitling the investor to a specified percentage (as 100 percent) of the interest or principal paid


plural STRIPs

Legal Definition of STRIP (Entry 3 of 3)

: a Treasury security that entitles the investor usually to payment of interest or principal exclusively and that is registered in a Federal Reserve bank under a federal program that provides for such separate trading of the components of U.S. Treasury obligations — compare zero-coupon bond at bond sense 2

History and Etymology for strip


separate trading of registered interest and principal of securities

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concealment of treason or felony

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